White Mountains Dolomites Resurvey
July 18 – 24, 2021
This is a week of survey work in the White Mountains. Participants are US Forest Service staff, NPS staff, botanists, students, research scientists, and alpine plant enthusiasts. If you have high-elevation experience, are a reasonably competent botanist, and are familiar with GLORIA-style surveys, we would love to have you! In order to participate with GLORIA Great Basin in 2021, you must be able to show documentation that you have received a full vaccine dose at least 2 weeks prior to the survey.
Lodging is at the Crooked Creek Station of the White Mountain Research Center, located at 10,200 ft in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (Inyo National Forest). There is a main dining area, a common room/lecture space, lab space, and plenty of outdoor area. All meals are included and the water from the tap is the best you will ever drink. GLORIA Great Basin will be providing meals for the first time at Crooked Creek. Please be sure to tell Brian of any dietary needs. Beds, linens, pillows, and towels will be provided but you should bring a sleeping bag or some other cover for warmth. A headlamp isn't a bad idea either.
This year, we will be limited to the main building and the dorm building immediately adjacent. That means that the semi-private rooms that we have enjoyed in the past will not be available. If you would prefer to have more privacy, camping on the Crooked Creek grounds is a possibility as you would still be able to use the dining room, living areas, and bathrooms.
The White Mountains Research Station charges on a per person, per night basis that covers room. All meals will be provided by GLORIA Great Basin. While GLORIA Great Basin will cover the cost of room and board, for those who can afford it, we suggest a donation of $60 per person per night to help offset these costs and support GLORIA's work.
The GLORIA White Mountains Dolomite Surveys will be on Cottonwood South, Patriarch Grove South, Sheep Mountain, and White Mountain Peak. All peaks peaks will require a short drive to the put-in, with the exception of White Mountain Peak, which will require a longer drive. For peak locations, take a look at our Locations page and zoom in on the White Mountains. If you have ever wanted to summit White Mountain Peak without that pesky hike, this is your trip! Unbelievable views, flora, and fauna abound.
July 18 – Arrive, acclimitize, and set up
July 19 – Cottonwood South
July 20 – Patriarch Grove South
July 21 – Sheep Mountain East
Sheep Mountain Downslope
July 22 – White Mountain Peak
Sheep Mountain Downslope
July 23 – Weather make-up day
July 24 – Weather make-up day/depart
Map and Directions
From Big Pine, CA: At the junction of highway 395 and California highway 168 at Big Pine, drive east on highway 168 into the White Mountains. About 13 miles from 395 at Westgard Pass, turn north (left) onto the White Mountain Road. The White Mountain Road is paved and its intersection with highway 168 is marked with a sign. Once on White Mountain Road, drive north for about 10 miles on pavement. At Schulman Grove, about 10 miles from highway 168, the pavement ends, and the dirt road is passable by passenger cars but can be washboarded with sharp rocks. Drive slowly to avoid flat tires. Continue north another 9 miles until the junction with the road to Crooked Creek. This junction is marked with a sign. Turn right and drive 1 mile east on this road to the Crooked Creek station.
Be sure to fill up your car with gas in either Bishop or Big Pine as there are no other options once leaving Big Pine. Bringing an extra portable tank of gas is always a good idea when traveling into the hinterlands.